Summer vibes

Oh man, Sacramento is hot! Before we moved here, the first thing people would say when we mentioned this place was, "It's so hot there!" They weren't lying. I thought that after living in L.A. I'd be fine with the heat. Nope. It's way hotter here. This weeks forecast is all 90's with a couple days reaching 100. It's not even summer yet! Lord have mercy.

We have been trying to get our backyard and patio summer ready, so that we wont have to be cooped up inside with the air blasting all day. We have a tree in our backyard that provides a lot of shade. However, I'm not a big fan of sitting on grass, even with chairs, because I don't like all the bugs that come along with that. We've been hitting up a lot of places looking for outdoor furniture, but it is really really pricey. 

The first thing we did was buy a grill. When we were living in Hawaii for a few months, we took advantage of having access to a grill and used it about 3 times a week. We have put it to good used since buying it. Grilling reminds me of growing up in the Midwest, which makes me really happy. 

We ended up going to Ikea and finding everything we needed at a reasonable price. Every time we buy something from Ikea I always utter the phrase "Never again!" because I really dislike putting together furniture. But Cat took the bull by the horns on this one and put together our entire seating area. I just crushed all the boxes and stood by for emotional support. We also bought our big umbrella from there. That thing is already one of my favorite purchases. Sweet Relief from the blazing sun!

nap time

nap time

We bought the hammock in Mexico, and the hanging lanterns at Ikea. 

We bought the hammock in Mexico, and the hanging lanterns at Ikea. 

This seating area is so comfortable. I came out with a book yesterday with intentions of reading, but fell asleep within 3 minutes, just like a 90 year old woman. 

This seating area is so comfortable. I came out with a book yesterday with intentions of reading, but fell asleep within 3 minutes, just like a 90 year old woman. 

IT was not 100 this day. Which is why we both are wearing our uniform of all black. 

IT was not 100 this day. Which is why we both are wearing our uniform of all black. 

The perfect size for our little family. Notice the clothes drying on the rack. I love having a washer and dryer, but I love even more that i can hang our clothes outside and they are dry in 20 minutes. 

The perfect size for our little family. Notice the clothes drying on the rack. I love having a washer and dryer, but I love even more that i can hang our clothes outside and they are dry in 20 minutes. 

We are having friends over this weekend and are going to hit up the Sacramento county fair and hang out in our backyard. After so many years of apartment living, this is really incredibly nice to be able to have. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for this home of ours. 

 

 

 

Lately

Spring has been filled with some new additions over here. The first being that I got to be an aunt again with the arrival of the newest set of twins to enter our family. My brother Dustin and sister in law Sarah, welcomed their little ones into this world at the end of February. 

Reagan and Ezra- can you even believe all that hair??

Reagan and Ezra- can you even believe all that hair??

Pics taken by their Mommy and Daddy. 

Pics taken by their Mommy and Daddy. 

Dustin and Sarah on a hike with the babies. Congrats you two! I can't wait to meet them this summer. 

Dustin and Sarah on a hike with the babies. Congrats you two! I can't wait to meet them this summer. 

This is the second set of twins to be born into my family. Will it be the last?... 

Cat and I also welcomed a new addition to our family. His name is Cosmo, and he is a yorkiepoo. 

can you handle the cuteness?

can you handle the cuteness?

This is going to sound completely wrong seeing as how my brother and Sarah are parenting twins right now...but, Puppies are a lot of work! The first week we got up with him every two hours so he could use the bathroom. I had forgotten what it's like to train a puppy. In fact, I never really had to potty train a puppy before. I grew up with dogs, but we lived in the country and they stayed outside. No potty training required. When I met Cat, Lola was already one year old. Again, no potty training required on my end. Cosmo is my first official trainee! Happy to report that after 3 weeks of consistency and diligence, he is 95% there with only a few mishaps. So happy we have a yard!

Tuckered out from trying to chew up our yard. 

Tuckered out from trying to chew up our yard. 

Lola is adjusting to the new energy in the house. She has moments when she is down to play and wrestle, and then other times where she will look at me as if saying "Can you put me in the bedroom with the door closed so I can have some private time please?" 

napping on my yoga mat

napping on my yoga mat

This has been a really exciting time for us and we are so happy to have the new family members!

 

Vlog #3

I fell a little behind on vlogging lately, but finally got around to putting together some clips from March and a bit of the beginning of April. It rained a TON that month, but I didn't mind at all. I really love the rain. We also were able to see so many of our friends, and it really made the month special. I also turned 37, which feels a little cuckoo. 

Here we go!